MANDY LEE JANDRELL
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The global spread of consumerism and its effects on culture, art and society, is a major area of
interest to Jandrell, and one that she continues to explore in her photographs of constructed
leisure environments around the world. Of her work she has said

‘When photographing places like theme parks, which exist within the realm of tourism, I wish to
reintroduce some of the real by juxtaposing the fake environment with the reality not only outside
its fence but the reality of people’s interaction with the place…The cultural ritual of the “holiday
snapshot”, for example, often highlights the gulf between the economic realities of the lives of the
people involved and the economic aspirations of the theme park.’

Shot on location in popular local and international attractions in different countries around the
world, Mandy Lee Jandrell's work reflects on our enduring emotional investment in utopian
dreams of paradise.

Mandy Lee Jandrell scours the constructed leisure environment – wildlife parks, zoos, botanical
gardens, historical recreations and theme parks – for her subject matter, exploring the pre-
packaging of our perceptions of the ‘real’ and the belief systems that sustain them. Her
photographs bring into focus the mutually dependent nature of ideologies and cultural practices,
where leisure environments are constructed to appeal to the aspirations of the economic and
ideological systems with which they are intertwined.

She is currently working on a series entitled “Eidyllion”, exploring presentations of the idyllic
landscape within these environments. The discordant images which result point to a
disharmonious relationship between man and nature. Nature is tidied up, contained, controlled
and owned. For this series her inspiration has come not only from the environments in which she
photographs but also landscape painting, in particular 17th Century Dutch Landscapes and those
post-industrial revolution, John Constable and the Barbizon School Realists based in France in the
late 19th Century (Theodore Rousseau, Jean-Francois Miller, and Corot), whose representations of
the nature and the rural allude to a culturally tainted viewing of it.

Jandrell’s mode of operation veers between the amateur snapshot, evoking the engrained
practices of cultural tourism, and the apparently more objective full frontal gaze of the
professional documentary photographer. The casual humour of her work toys with our unblinking
acceptance of these pictorial languages.
Education

2003        MA Fine Art Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK                 
1998        BA Fine Art (Hons) Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa
1993        Matriculation National School of the Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa        

Selected Exhibitions

2006        Zoo Art Fair, Bearspace, London Zoo, London, UK
2006        Real, Fake and Imagined, Permanent Gallery Projects, Brighton, UK
2006        Hearing voices/Seeing things, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
2006        Hearing voices/Seeing things, Poster, Platform for Art, London Underground, London, UK
2006        New Utopia, Bearspace, Deptford, London, UK
2006        8x8x8 MSP/NYC/LON, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, USA
2006        Green, Winchester Gallery, University of Southhampton, Winchester, UK
2005        Summer Show, Royal Academy, London, UK
2005        Mooimarkshow Wien-Johannesburg, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
2005        Safari, (Solo) Bearspace, Deptford, London, UK
2005        London Now, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
2004        Where the Grass is Green, (Solo), Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
2004        Cindarella, curated by Trailer, Bermondsey, London, UK
2004        10 Downing St, Government Art Collection, Westminster, London, UK
2004        X-hibition, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London, UK
2004        East End Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2004        Sneeze, Arch Gallery, London, UK
2004        Take Photo Here, (Solo) Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2003        Reduced, Century Gallery, London, UK
2003        Godzilla, curated by Trailer, Islington, London, UK
2003        Arrivals, Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea, London, UK
2003        MA Graduate show, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
2002        Alles Moeglich, Atelier Gemeinschaft, Muenster, Germany
2002        5, Cassland No. 5, London, UK
2001        Inside Space Gallery. Selfridges, London, UK
2001        Topography: Southern African photography, Zimbabwe National Gallery,Zimbabwe
2000        Soft Serve 2. The South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1999        100xc Photography Festival. Cape Town, South Africa
1998        Sandwich, curated by Stefan Saffer, Brick Lane, London, UK
1997        Michaelis School of Fine Art Graduate show, Cape Town, South Africa
1997        Sleuth/ Rixdollar. Graft, The 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa
1996        Sluice. The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
1996        Drive By/ Ice. The Planet Contemporary Art Site, Cape Town, South Africa

Awards

2004        Arts Council Grant, Arts Council England, UK
1997        Deans List, University of  Cape Town, South Africa, for distinction in Fine Art.
1995        MacIver Scholarship, University of  Cape Town, South Africa
1994-6        Merit scholarships, University of Cape Town, South Africa



Collections

Private collections, UK, SA
Government Art Collection, UK
University of Warwick, UK

Publications

2006        Brighton Photo Fringe, “Real, Fake and Imagined”, Catalogue, October
2006        Serpentine Gallery, “Hearing Voices/Seeing Things”, Project Publication, September
2006        Dazed and Confused, “Hearing Voices/Seeing Things”, ed. C Geogh, September
2006        Fleisch, “Take Photo Here”, Pg 60-68, no 4, eds. Huber& Treichler, Austria, July
2005        Art South Africa,“Pretty as a picture”, J. Van Eeden pg 54-57, ed S. O’Toole, June
2005        Creative Weekly, “Safari” review by Mark Bell, pg 33, 7 March 2005
2004        The Guardian, The Guide “Mandy Lee Jandrell” by Robert Clark, 6 Nov 2004,  UK
2004        Flash Art, “East End Academy” review, Nov 2004, Italy
2004        ArtPreview, cover image and “Top 20 Must-see international art shows” Nov 2004, UK
2004        Art Monthly, “East End Academy” review, July-Aug 2004, UK
2004        Arena, Agenda “Leisure time in Hell” pg 70 September 2004, London, UK
2004        X-hibition, Catalogue, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Univ of Greenwich, London, UK
2004        East End Academy 2004, Catalogue, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2004        Sneeze, Catalogue, Arch Gallery, London, UK
2004        Dazed and Confused, People Power:Durban Rikshaws, July 2004, ed. C. Geogh, UK
2004        Itch, issue 1, China Folk Culture Villages, ed. Mehita Iqani, SA
2004        Art South Africa, Review: Take Photo Here: March 2004, ed. Sophie Perryer, SA
2004        Contemporary, Highlights, issue 60, pg 19, ed, Brian Muller, London, U.K
2004        Mail&Guardian, Arts, “Pick of the week” Feb 6-12 2004, South Africa        
2003        The Idler, no 32 ed, Tom Hodgkinson, London, U.K.
2003        Goldsmiths MA Fine Art Catalogue, Goldsmiths College, London, U.K.
2002        5, 5 Cassland, London, U.K.
1999        Limb by Limb, ed , U.K.
1997        Trade Routes: 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, ed: Okwui Enwezor, South Africa


Websites

www.mandyleejandrell.info
www.serpentinegallery.org/projects/
www.creativeweek.co.uk/pdfs/CW-online_Sep_06.pdf
www.permanentgallery.com
www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/arts/platform-for-art/artists/hearing-voices-seeing-things.asp
www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.info/ ins/my/kua/kue/bku/enindex.htm
www.guardian.co.uk/theguide/exhibitions/story/0,,1343691,00.html
www.gac.culture.gov.uk/search/Artist.asp?maker_id=130031
www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/press/releases.html?page=press/releasesArchive.html
www.whitechapel.org/content.php?page_id=845
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1242942,00.html
www.re-title.com/artists/MandyLee-Jandrell.asp
www.trailerart.net/artists.htm
www.creativeweek.co.uk/pdfs/CW-online_Mar_05.pdf
www.artthrob.co.za/04feb/reviews/joao.html
www.bowieart.com (2004)
www.gold.ac.uk/visual-arts/ exhibitions/archive/mafa2003/index.html
www.photocentre.org.za/topography_body.htm (2000)